Opinion

Time for progressive columnist to resign

Letters to the Editor

My dear progressive woman (syndicated columnist Froma Harrop). Reading your unresearched articles about our president and your total lack of understanding of the American economy keeps you, I won’t say “stupid,” but let’s just say most of your life you read liberal drivel based on ...

‘Running’ for office a barbaric game?

Letters to the Editor

Football is a barbaric sport. In 9th grade, I played quarterback behind John Harbaugh. He is today’s coach of the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens. I am so glad football season is back as I love to watch other people play. But I don’t want to subject my body to that kind of physical ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Advice columnist Ann Landers once described a lovely gesture by her daughter, Margo, her only child. On Margo’s birthday, she sent her mother a dozen red roses with a note that read, “Thanks for having me, Mom.” I was just a kid when I read that, an only child myself, and I remember ...

The price of a cure

Editorial

At a time when health care and its costs are center stage in the United States, it is interesting to note that a medical establishment that is so opposed to “socialized medicine” seems intent on making it inevitable. Take a look at three news stories from Tuesday and see why it is hard ...

Climate change denial destroys GOP’s credibility

Letters to the Editor

How many extreme weather events will it take before people stop believing the false prophets who deny climate change? The true prophets — scientists — have been telling us what will happen as a result of our addiction to fossil fuels. They have predicted more powerful storms, rising sea ...

With rail, heads we win, tails lose

Columns

The rail tax bill that passed out of the special legislative session contains one provision that, to me, sticks out above the rest as a “heads we win, tails you lose” proposition. As you may remember, the Tax Foundation of Hawaii sued the state, contending that the “10 percent skim” ...

Many anomalies with official story of 9/11

Letters to the Editor

I read with interest your Sept. 8 editorial commemorating the anniversary of the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. In the interest of truth and fairness, there are a few points I’d like to add. There is no evidence a plane crashed in Shanksville that day — no wreckage, no bodies, not a single ...

What is emergency siren system preparing us for?

Letters to the Editor

I was informed via an email on the internet that some new sirens would be tested this past week at Makena and Kihei locations. It started me to wonder why we really have a siren system. I have been here since 1967, so I know the original reason. Then it seemed to morph into a tsunami ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Another film festival, another prize for “Kuleana.” The mystery-drama written and directed by Brian Kohne and produced by Stefan Schaefer just won the best feature award from the Tribal Film Festival in Cherokee County, Okla. This is the third victory for the Maui-made production, filmed on ...

Maui watches, waits, mourns

Editorial

(This editorial appeared Sept. 12, 2001, in The Maui News.) Maui County awoke to a new, more frightening world yesterday. The United States had been attacked by a skilled, well-prepared, unidentified enemy using commercial jetliners as weapons. An eerie quiet settled over Maui as the ...

Tourists, cat colonies and derelicts change beach

Letters to the Editor

The sun sets, the green flash. The locked gates, keep out! Why I don’t go to the beach anymore. Between too many tourists, cat colonies, imported homeless and the derelicts, it’s just not the same as it was. I refuse to walk through a kitty litter box to swim in a cesspool. David ...

Welakahou Road is not an acceleration ramp

Letters to the Editor

Aloha, fellow road warriors! I am writing to remind those who travel Welakahou Road that the speed limit is 20 miles an hour for a reason. Akai Street, which intersects with Welakahou, provides egress for a residential subdivision. Vehicles and people on bicycles frequent this ...

Dopamine level may show predilection for addiction

Letters to the Editor

Reading the Sept. 7 editorial headed “When reality isn’t enough,” questioning the reasons for addiction and abusive behavior, causes me to recommend the lead article in the September edition of National Geographic magazine. The topic of the article is addiction: what is it, and what ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: Somebody has set up a construction equipment and storage yard on vacant land between South Kihei Road and Wela Street, almost across from Ahekolo Street. There are shipping containers, forklifts, backhoes and construction material. It’s an eyesore. Is this legal? A: The property you ...

Council prepares for ’18 legislative session

Columns

Now that the state Legislature’s special session is completed, the County Council and the Hawaii State Association of Counties turn their focus on prioritizing initiatives for the legislative session that begins in January. One of Maui County’s proposals that will be sent to HSAC for ...

Anniversary of sadness

Editorial

Monday will mark the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center and the dramatic crash of United 93. We are now several wars and thousands of service people’s lives removed from that tragic day. The controversy and the bitterness go on. It is strange ...

Neo-Nazis, others, spit on graves of Holocaust victims

Letters to the Editor

An Aug. 23 letter writer states, “I see no place for neo-Nazis or white supremacists in our society but I would defend their right to speak their mind publicly.” Eighty million lives (Jews, Russians, Europeans, etc.) savagely taken away — gas chambers, execution galore — in chorus-like ...

What columnist fails to mention is obvious

Letters to the Editor

John Stossel’s opinion piece (The Maui News, Sept. 5) demonstrates the “let them eat cake” attitude of libertarian economic theory. He opines that charging $99 for water (aka illegal price gouging) is a perfectly acceptable outcome of a natural disaster. He states that these higher prices ...

Free film about protecting coral reefs will screen

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for providing your readers with the monthly column “Ka Mo‘olelo Moana” by Maui Ocean Center staff members. I am writing regarding the Sept. 3 column, “’Zinc’-twice about sun protection alternatives,” by Evan Pascual. He talked about his involvement in the World ...

County created problem by closing park toilets

Letters to the Editor

It was recently reported that people without homes and business owners in Kahului were forced to confront one another regarding lack of toilets. Kanaha Beach Park had available toilets and showers until it was closed, forcing our houseless neighbors into the industrial area, causing the ...